This flowering shrub pulses out its potent scent very powerfully, in its native west Africa. It produces an essential oil that’s reminiscent of jasmine, though a little woodier, a touch spicier and more herbal. It goes brilliantly in tuberose compositions, and beautifully enhances chypres. And depending on its ripeness, it can give hints of chocolate, or ripe fruit. Karo-karounde (also sometimes written as karo-karunde) is considered to be an aphrodisiac and is used in the rituals of sexual magic, in the Congo!
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